2009 / 2010 Prices Today

The Bordelais and wine merchants will be having two different conversations about the grapes now safely harvested for the 2015 vintage.  For Bordeaux it will be another great vintage, for the trade another waste of time and effort in the face of illogical pricing.Buyers of the 2009 and 2010 vintages have faced grim and enduring…

Pontet Canet 2010

If you want to understand the boom and bust story in Bordeaux since 2000, Chateau Pontet Canet goes to the heart of the matter.  Widely considered to be the most improved winery in Bordeaux in the last twenty years It’s a huge estate producing up to 20,000 cases of its main wine annually. Their 2005…

Bordeaux prices – room for manoeuvre at last

A sunny September is forecast for Bordeaux and the odds are shortening on a great vintage this year – but will it be worth buying ? Any successful en primeur campaign in Bordeaux needs most of the classed growth wines to sell through, something that hasn’t occurred since the 2009s were launched in a blaze…

Parker’s Pauillac 2000-2006

Robert Parker’s 10 year tasting of the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux produced disbelief, head-scratching or resignation depending who you talk to.  In Pauillac his scores mean  the millennium vintage produced the best wines between 1982 and 2009, with 2005 and 2006 level in quality:

Bordeaux vintage patterns

Every ten years : So into the 4th consecutive day of rain in Lincolnshire, I know the weather will be better in Bordeaux, but not how much better. There’s a loose correlation between us – if we get a proper roasting as in 1976 or 2003 the grapes for that year’s Bordeaux harvest would be…

Medoctober Tasting Results

First thanks to the wines for entertaining us, sparking off happy differences of opinion – and all 20 mentioned favourably by tasters. A warm and happy night – huge thanks to Kate and Alex Jones for opening their beautiful home to make it happen. The revelation was the mix of wines with Marc Pasternack’s delicious…

Site launch & London tasting : 24 Oct 13

A huge thank you to our site designer Christian Jaroljmek – www.theweblounge.net – for turning a haphazard set of ideas into such a beautiful website. And to Kate and Alex Jones for generously hosting our first London tasting – we really appreciate your support. The mistakes, of course, are all mine : please show mercy…